A 33-year-old member asked:
Are steroid epidural injections and physical therapy effective treatments for severe spinal stenosis?
3 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Not really: With severe spinal stenosis there is a very tight canal where nerves travel. Injecting anything into an already tight canal can be dangerous and worsen the symptoms. Physical therapy relies on the bodies mechanics to help alleviate the canal stenosis. When it is already tight, there is very little that can be done. A spine surgeon should evaluate to determine if a decompression is necessary.
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Pain Management 33 years experience
Sometimes: It depends on the underlying etiology of your stenosis.
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Pain Management 17 years experience
Yes: And Yes. However if they are not helping you may need surgery.
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Last updated Dec 30, 2016
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